Hymns to Leave You Blessed and Limping: A Jacob's Porch Collection

by Jacob's Porch

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Jacob was a liar and a thief.

He lied about who he was. At a crossroads in his life, God wrestled with Jacob all night to a standstill. He blessed Jacob calling him "God-Wrestler," that is, "Israel." Jacob left the encounter blessed but he also left limping. (Genesis 32:22-31)

This is the encounter of faith. It is holy and good, a time to be blessed. It is also a fight, a striving, a tussle. To follow God is a fight for our hearts and minds with the one who makes all things new.

Welcome to Jacob's Porch. We invite you to join us in striving with God in community. May you leave blessed and may you leave limping.

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Jacob’s Porch is a Lutheran campus ministry at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. In the footsteps of our namesake, we seek the encounter of faith as a wrestling match, an event that challenges us with all that we have, that leaves us unsettled. We seek to bring this understanding of faith to all that we do, including singing together in worship.

The five full-band hymns on this album were each written during a Jacob’s Porch Advance. An Advance is a lot like a retreat, except that it is called an Advance because it is a time to advance (not retreat) in our relationships with God, others, and ourselves. At Advances we typically split up into different affinity groups based on our interests in order to create something to bring back to the community as a whole. One of these groups is the music group. Each of these five hymns were written by music affinity groups between 2012 and 2016, and include the contributions of countless people. These hymns reflect and remind us not only of the multitude of wrestling matches that happened in our community during that time, but of the worship inherent in the exuberant act of creating music together.

There are other hymns in this album of hymns, though. Some come to us via the Jacob’s Porch poetry night, where anyone is welcome to read poetry, perform songs, tell stories, recite monologues, give presentations, or share art in any other form. The artists featured here leave these hymns as one of their many marks on this place. Another hymn comes to us from a past leader in our community who helped define Jacob’s Porch and our music as much as we have also redefined it. They leave this hymn as one of their many marks on this place. And another comes to us from a different community of faith, across the ocean. It has found a home in this place next to the wax-dripped candles, old couches, and expectant twilight.

Jacob’s Porch is named not just for the Jacob of the Bible, but also for a porch: a small, simple structure that one passes through on the way from one place to another, whether arriving or departing. We can linger on the porch for a while, but we cannot make our home there. It is a temporary place. Some of the 18 musicians who can be heard on this album have already departed for other places and, eventually, all will go. But although we all must go, we do not leave empty-handed. Nor do we leave the same as we began. We each leave something behind and we each take something along with us.

We pray that these hymns can be both something left behind something taken, and that, in being so, they point back to this place, to the limp and the blessing, and so back to God.

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released August 28, 2016

all songs written and performed by Jacob's Porch except:
"All Will Go" written by Jay Gamelin and performed by Yuki Mineoi
"10 Things I Know to be True" written and performed by Hannah McCorkle
"Wash Away" written and performed by Grace Crumrine
"Gospel Song (JP Version)" written and performed by Kyle Kerley
"Within Our Darkest Night" (physical album only) © 1991, Les Presses de Taizé, GIA Publications Inc. agent

album photo by Adam Elkins Photography
www.adamelkinsphotography.com
@bigmanjapan

recorded and produced by Kyle Kerley

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Track Name: Be Here Now
Draw us together
make us enough
help us be present
call us your own

Be here now

We are together
we are enough
we are now present
we are your own

Be here now (Draw us together/ make us enough)
Be here now (We are together/ we are enough)
Track Name: Choices
Oh, the day will come
yes, the day will come

The breezy and chaotic wind
is swaying me around again

Life, like a breeze, come carry me
oh, God of grace and mystery
I tremble in the wake of nearing choice

Oh, the day will come
yes, the day will come

Pick up your cross and follow me
there's no time for complacency

There's time to act and time to wait
but which one is the path to take?
the day has come.
the day is finally here!

Keep choosing life
hold onto love
Track Name: All Will Go
If I should go
tell everyone I know
everything that's gold
cannot stay

Everyone, everyone
everyone of us knows
all will go

Beautiful child
be not afraid
you are not alone
I am here

Everyone, everyone
everyone of us knows
all will go
Track Name: Intentional Song
You're so intentional
you let come forth the ocean
a mighty rushing wind
the tongues of flame

There was a burning bush
and it burned for Moses
now it burns for us
there's fire all around

Look around,
grace erased a canvas for us.

So let us choose to take
take part in the healing
let us choose to take
take part in the world
let us choose to take
take part in creation
your kingdom come,
your kingdom come!

Look around,
grace erased a canvas for us.

So let us live,
let us live for God
let us live,
let us live for others
let us live,
let us live for us
let us live,
let us

Look around,
grace erased a canvas for us.
Track Name: Community of Outcastz
We are more than one
a kingdom lesser than none
when two or more are here
there's holiness in the air.

When I was an orphan the whole world was atop me.
oh loving God let your kingdom adopt me.

We are more than one
a kingdom lesser than none
when two or more are here
there's holiness in the air.

When I was an orphan the whole world was atop me.
oh loving God let your kingdom adopt me.

You are different from
the world to which you come
we are strangers, too
we bind ourselves to you

When I was an orphan the whole world was atop me.
oh loving God let your kingdom adopt me
in the book of the world my name was erased
oh loving God let me feel your embrace.

You hem me in behind before
Track Name: Wash Away
I am afraid of what is to come
because I don't know
maybe that's alright

I think too much
I try and solve it all
but life is not like a math equation

So take a chance
go to the ocean
wash in the waters and be free

Just have some fun
it is okay to let yourself be happy

You don't need to
try and please everyone
because when you do that
you forget yourself

So take a chance
go to the ocean
wash in the waters and be free
Track Name: Gospel Song (JP Version)
Be, be still and rest
rest in my arms
I swear it is safe

Take, take all I am
it's all for you
it's always been yours

Now come back to me
I will be waiting
I will be here

And if you're too weak
I'll carry you
even 'til death

So sing loud and strong
sing with your heart
sing with your soul

Show grace to them all
it's not their fault
I carry them, too.
Track Name: Call My Name
Call, call my name
I am listening
Here I am

Lost, I am lost
I am trembling
Here I am

Lord, is that you?
Can I ever know?
Here I am

Burn every bush,
I stand on holy ground
Here I am (burn it all!)

How shall I love (Our God is love)
How shall I love (Our God is love)
Guide me to love (Our God is love)
Guide me to love (Our God is love)